The extreme measures Vladimir Putin takes to avoid COVID-19

Sunday - 04/10/2020 20:20
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFPSource:AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFPSource:AFP
Since the pandemic broke out in March, Russian president Vladimir Putin has lived as if he were the “Bubble Boy” from Seinfeld.

President Trump may admire Russian president Vladimir Putin – but the two took radically different approaches to the coronavirus.

While Trump mostly shunned masks and flew around the country to rallies, Putin has lived and worked since the pandemic broke out in March as if he were the “Bubble Boy” from Seinfeld.

With few exceptions, Putin has been holed up at his home outside Moscow — with extreme measures put into place to make sure he doesn’t catch the virus.

Staffers coming to work with him have to do more than wear masks and keep two metres away.

Outsiders must traverse special disinfectant tunnels before getting anywhere near him, CNN reported. The tunnels were installed in chez Putin in June.

That same month, Putin appeared in public for a postponed Victory Day parade with dozens of World War II veterans who had to quarantine for two weeks prior to the event.

Recently, a Russian investigative news outlet outlined the elaborate rules involving contact with Putin. Those who seek even the most basic photo ops with Putin must undergo a strict quarantine for two weeks, no matter what their stature.

Proekt also said that this summer, close Putin staffers had to quarantine in a nearby health resort for two weeks and undergo rigorous tests prior to being allowed in his presence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses members of the Federation Council. Picture: Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses members of the Federation Council.
Picture: Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFPSource:AFP

 

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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